John E. R. Staddon

James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1964

Overview

Until my retirement in 2007, my laboratory did experimental research on learning and adaptive behavior, mostly with animals: pigeons, rats, fish, parakeets.  We were particularly interested in timing and memory, feeding regulation, habituation and the ways in which pigeons and rats adapt to reward schedules. The aim  is to arrive at simple models for learning that can help to identify the underlying neural mechanisms. I continue to do theoretical and historical work on the power law in psychophysics, operant learning, timing and memory, habituation and feeding regulation.  I have applied some of these ideas to economics and financial markets and social issues such as traffic control (Distracting Miss Daisy, The Atlantic, 2008and smoking (Unlucky Strike, Private Health and the Science, Law and Politics of Smoking, with David Hockney, UBP, 2013).  A second edition of Adaptive Behavior and Learning (Cambridge UP) was published in 2016. Most recently I have Scientific Method: How Science Works, Fails to Work, and Pretends to Work. to be published by Routledge in December.

REID, AK, and STADDON, JER. "WITHIN-SESSION MEAL-SIZE EFFECTS ON INDUCED DRINKING." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 48.2 (September 1987): 289-301. Full Text

WYNNE, CL, and STADDON, JER. "LINEAR WAITING - A SIMPLE RULE FOR BEHAVIOR IN PERIODIC FOOD SITUATIONS." BULLETIN OF THE PSYCHONOMIC SOCIETY 25.5 (September 1987): 351-351.

HORNER, JM, and STADDON, JER. "PROBABILISTIC CHOICE - A SIMPLE INVARIANCE." BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES 15.1 (August 1987): 59-92. Full Text Open Access Copy

Staddon, JER. "Science and Pseudoscience." Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 12.2 (June 1987): 114-116. Full Text

STADDON, JER. "SCIENCE AND PSEUDOSCIENCE." INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE REVIEWS 12.2 (June 1987): 114-116.

STADDON, JER. "VEHICLES - BRAITENBERG,V." BEHAVIORISM 15.1 (1987): 63-66.

Staddon, JER. "Igualación, maximización y seguimiento de la recompensa." Revista Latinamericana Psicologia 18 (1986): 367-386. (Academic Article)

Ettinger, RH, Thompson, S, and Staddon, JER. "Cholecystokinin, lithium chloride, and feeding regulation in rats." Physiology and Behavior 36 (1986): 801-809. (Academic Article)

ETTINGER, RH, THOMPSON, S, and STADDON, JER. "CHOLECYSTOKININ, DIET PALATABILITY, AND FEEDING REGULATION IN RATS." PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR 36.5 (1986): 801-809. Full Text

STADDON, JER. "EQUALIZATION, MAXIMIZATION AND FOLLOW-UP OF REWARD SCHEDULES." REVISTA LATINOAMERICANA DE PSICOLOGIA 18.3 (1986): 367-386.

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